OBAMA AGENDA: A Lost Generation?
The New York Times on the lost moment of the 'Obama generation': "Unlike John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, who inspired virtual legislatures of politicians and became generational touchstones, Mr. Obama has so far had little such influence. That is all the more remarkable considering he came to office tapping into spirit of volunteerism and community service that pollsters say is widespread and intense among young people. Mr. Obama has come to represent that spirit, but he has failed, pollsters say, to transform it into meaningful engagement in the political process."
(But does this say more about Obama, or about perceptions of Congress and Washington at large?)
"Vice President Joe Biden will go to Ukraine later this month on a trip focusing on the international community's efforts to help stabilize and strengthen the country's economy," the Associated Press reports.
"The Obama administration's new legal strategy to preserve decades of minority-voting rights will follow a blueprint first sketched out by a Yale University law student four years ago,"reports the Wall Street Journal.
OFF TO THE RACES: A Granite State of Mind
The New York Times offers a roundup of the 2016 hopefuls at the weekend's Freedom Summit in New Hampshire, noting Paul's appeal for inclusion and Cruz's "caustic delivery." And here's NH Journal's DiStaso: "Seven months ahead of the 2014 mid-term elections, the 2016 first-in-the nation primary preliminaries began in first-primary state New Hampshire on Saturday."
Rand Paul said over the weekend that Jeb Bush should have been "more artful" with his immigration comments.
The Clintons and Boeing have developed a notably symbiotic relationship, writesthe Washington Post. "Clinton functioned as a powerful ally for Boeing’s business interests at home and abroad, while Boeing has invested resources in causes beneficial to Clinton’s public and political image."
Race is "on the front-burner of political news" now, notesmsnbc.com. That'll only be fueled by top Democrat Steve Israel's comment Sunday that "not all" Republicans are racist but "to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism."
Meanwhile, Paul Ryan told Iowa Republicans to "give up the infighting" for Lent.
Politico writes that Ryan insiders believe he'll take a pass on 2016.
Hawkish donors are poised to unleash opposition to a Paul campaign if he gains serious momentum going into the nominating contests.The Week: "If it looks like he could win more than a few primaries in 2016, chances are he'll face a tidal wave of money from neocon donors opposing him."
FLORIDA: The Wall Street Journalwrites that Gov. Rick Scott " faces a quandary similar to that facing many Republican governors seeking re-election this year after arguing that austerity steps would boost their states: The economy is improving, but many voters remain gloomy about the future. Will they come to see the recovery as strong—and credit state policies for that—or see the change as part of broad, national trends?"
KENTUCKY: Mitch McConnell picked up a nodfrom the NRA.
MICHIGAN: GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Landtold the Wall Street Journalthat she wouldn't have voted for the Paycheck Fairness Act because "that would require that businesses have to post the pay of each individual so it was public…. I don’t think you should have to have everyone know what your pay is.”
NEW HAMPSHIRE: TheUnion Leaderpreviews the big money expected to flow in the Shaheen-Brown showdown.
WISCONSIN: Republican Rep. Tom Petriisn't running for re-election.
***Monday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Luke Russert interviews Governor Dannel Malloy (D-CT), Time Magazine’s Bobby Ghosh, NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin and Ron Allen, The Wall Street Journal’s Russell Gold, The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Nia-Malika Wilson, NBC News Senior Political Director Mark Murray and The Washington Post’s Reid Wilson.
***Monday’s “Jansing & Co.” line-up: Chris Jansing interviewsSouthern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok,Former US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor, Reuters investigative reporter David Rohde, MSNBC Legal Analyst Faith Jenkins,Political Editor for The Grio Perry Bacon, the Washington Post’s Jackie Kucinich,Democratic Pollster Margie Omero, andFormer Bush-Cheney Senior Advisor Robert Traynham.
***Monday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up:Tamron talks to Legal Analyst Lisa Green on the Oscar Pistorius trial; Time Magazine’s Michael Crowley with the latest on the situation in Ukraine; Investigative crime reporter Michelle Sigona on the mistaken shooting of Tosh producer by police; American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister, Tanya Brown with her new book, “Finding Peace Among the Chaos”; and paparazza Jennifer Buhl.
***Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, the Boston Globe’s Jenna Russell and Scott Helman, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Ruth Marcus and we’ll air more of Andrea’s interview with outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
***Monday's Ronan Farrow Daily line-up: Ronan Farrow will have an exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize contender Glenn Greenwald. NBC reporters Ayman Mohyeldin and Richard Engel will discuss whether Ukraine is on the brink of civil war. NBC’s Kasie Hunt will join to talk about the “imaginary primary” in New Hampshire with GOP hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. Today’s Call to Action will focus onHunger in America.
***Monday’s “The Reid Report” line-up: MSNBC’s Joy Reid interviews Marc Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center and TheGrio.com’s Zerlina Maxwell.